Thorin Oakenshield from Artist JBarrero on DeviantArt
More Great Interview Videos Surfacing - thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com and Allocine.fr interviews with Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, and Andy Serkis.
Below in this video from Allocine.fr two wonderful clips of Richard Armitage talking about his character Thorin Oakenshield and working with Peter Jackson.
Armitage should make a documentary where he talks exclusively about acting. Many great actors can't really explain how they do what they do. Some can talk about acting, but in a way that's unreachable for a general audience. Some get so wrapped up in how great they are they forget to relate to their audience.
Richard Armitage however is a treasure. Not only is he very articulate about his own work, and how actors work, but he does it in a way that's accessible to us all. He also manages to be humble and a true gentleman always. Amazingly he retains his sense of wonder in his work and shares this with us.
But he's not a naive dreamer. Richard is also very aware of the irony of the moment, if you can understand what I mean. I do adore his sense of humor and love that special twinkle in his eyes.
He has a great sense of the beauty of words and of creating poetic images with those words. We can feel it comes naturally to him, this is the way he sees the world. In many of the SDCC interviews and also in Video Blog #8 we see beautiful examples of this when he's talking about working on The Hobbit and being Thorin. He's such a pleasure to listen to.